Electrosurgical bipolar vessel sealing versus conventional clamping and suturing for total abdominal hysterectomy: a randomized trial.
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SourceJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, 15, 5, (2008), pp. 547-553
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Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
SubjectUMCN 1.4: Immunotherapy, gene therapy and transplantation
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of bipolar vessel sealing versus conventional clamping and suturing in women undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial was performed. Patients were randomized to vessel sealing or conventional surgery. Postoperative pain was the primary outcome. An intention-to-treat analysis was performed (Canadian Task Force classification I). SETTING: Two Dutch teaching hospitals. PATIENTS: A total of 57 women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy for benign conditions. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: During the first 3 postoperative days, patients operated on using vessel sealing had statistically significantly lower pain scores. The amount of blood loss, surgery time, complication risk, and duration of hospitalization were similar between both groups. Patients in the vessel-sealing group resumed their normal daily activities on average 8 days earlier as compared with the conventional group. Postoperative pelvic floor function was similar in both groups. CONCLUSION: The use of vessel sealing during abdominal hysterectomy for benign conditions appears to be associated with reduced postoperative pain and faster recovery.
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